Kochi, Feb 1: Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Oommen Chandy will inaugurate ‘Kerala Business-to-Business Meet 2016’ for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) at CIAL Trade Fair & Exhibition Centre at Nedumbassery on February 4 at 9.30 am.
The meet, organized by the Department of Industries and Commerce, will bring together 200 SMEs from across Kerala and nearly 490 buyers from India and abroad. Buyers from 31 countries and 18 Indian states have registered for participation in the event.
“The major aim of the meet is to facilitate a direct and beneficial interaction between trade and business community in the international market and small scale manufacturers in Kerala,” said Shri. P. M. Francis, Director, Industries & Commerce.
“Seven chosen sectors will be showcased in the meet. The event will serve as a platform for Kerala’s small scale manufacturers across various industry verticals to showcase their products before international business community,” he added.
Addressing the media, V Rajagopal, Chief Executive Officer, Kerala Bureau of Industrial Promotion (K-BIP), said “this time, we have included new sellers, who did not get a chance to be part of the event in the previous years.”
“The highest numbers of buyers are from Sri Lanka. Around 7,000 business interactions are expected at this year’s meet, higher than 5,100 last year,” he said.
Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) is the business partner of the event.
“FICCI has been entrusted with the task of bringing in buyers from foreign nations for the meet,” said Savio Mathew, Kerala Head, FICCI. “Pre-arranged one-on-one meetings between the buyers and sellers are a specific feature of this year’s meet. The event has been designed to give maximum exposure to the sellers and help them find new markets outside Kerala and even India,” he added.
The largest representation at the B2B Meet comes from the State’s food processing industry with 80 exhibitors. SMEs from handlooms, textiles & garments, rubber, wood-based industries, Ayurveda, herbal & cosmetics, engineering with electrical & electronics as well as traditional industrial sector will also participate.
K-BIP is the nodal agency for the event, which is organised in association with the Directorate of Industries & Commerce, Directorate of Handlooms & Textiles, Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC), Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (Kinfra) and FICCI.
On the sidelines of the B2B Meet, the Industries and Commerce Department is also organizing a buyer-seller meet to promote the commercial and industrial production of jackfruit and related products at VMG Hall, Athani, Nedumabasssery from February 4 to 6.
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